Minister presented the results for the first nine months of 2015
Photos by Božo Vukičević, PIXEL
Croatian Minister of tourism Darko Lorencin visited Split on October 8th 2015, and spoke to the press about this years tourist season results along with the Split Dalmatia County prefect Zlatko Ževrnja, Mayor of Split Ivo Baldasar and the Split Tourist board director Alijana Vukšić.
Minister Lorencin once again noted that he is more than satisfied with this year’s results and that he is expecting more than 8 billion euros in financial revenue from foreign tourists alone: ” In the first nine months we have an 8,4% increase in arrivals and a 7% increase in overnight stays compared to the same period last year, so we can, with great certainty say that our revenue this year will be over 8 billion euros”.
„Great results for September are adding to already record numbers since September is up by 6,5% compared to last year” Lorencin added.
He is especially pleased that the number of domestic tourists is up by 8% “This is an addition to all macroeconomic indicators that show an economic growth in the country and the rise of our GDP which obviously enticed spending”.
Members of the press wanted to know if the migrant and refugee crisis is effecting our tourism and he answered” Yes, we have had some enquiries regarding the current migrant crisis, both from tour operators and diplomatic missions and we are reacting promptly to every e-mail and question. It is important that we offer full and accurate information, especially when it comes to markets outside of Europe”.
Split Dalmatia County prefect Zlatko Ževrnja also expressed his satisfaction with the tourist season noting that this county recorded a 9% increase in the first nine months of 2015: ” There’s great tourism potential in Dalmatinska Zagora and all our other inland areas, but I believe the results we’ve achieved this year are fantastic”.
Mayor of Split, Ivo Baldasar noted that Split has many large plans and developments in tourism and that the city’s main goal is to reach the level of Croatia’s tourism giants Dubrovnik, Rovinj and Poreč.